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Why Believe?

The foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ. Like a house building our lives on the solid rock, our lives need a good frame, solid construction, and the furnishings of a Christian. The architecture of such a life is framed by the beliefs of a Christ follower. These doctrines give us the footholds and supports […]

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Measuring What Matters

In the Christian life, how do you measure a fully surrendered life to Jesus? It’s not based on the amount of times you attend church, go on a mission trip, or even the amount of money you give. Those things are all very important. Believe me, I love to see people in worship on a […]

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Think, Act, Be

What would it be like if Jesus lived your life right now? The late Dallas Willard once asked that question in a conference I attended many years ago. Instead of thinking about what Jesus would do, he asked us to imagine how he would transform the lives we have right now. If he lived in your […]

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Why Do We Need to Focus Over the Next Five Years?

When I was in seminary, I realized I needed glasses. My eyesight wasn’t terrible; in fact, after I started wearing glasses, my vision improved slightly—much to the delight of my optometrist. But each year, I return to the eye doctor expecting that my vision needs to be corrected again. As much as we hate to […]

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Vision Vocabulary

On Sunday, August 2, I shared the five goals of our 2020 vision. On August 26, I’ll present the full details of our proposal. We’ll be throwing around a lot of terms and concepts that night, and I want to define a few of the words we’ll be using in our proposal. Assessment- an online […]

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Unplugged

We just returned from a week without screens. Our family traveled to a YMCA camp in Estes Park, Colorado without phones, kindles, ipads, televisions, and music. We disconnected social media, email, news and trusted that life would go on without us. We left emergency numbers with those who could find us, and we had the […]

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Upcoming Fall Events

August is a month of promotion, vision-casting, and hospitality at First Baptist. Please take note of these fantastic opportunities to get involved and to grow in your faith. August 9- Commissioning SMBS leadership in worship for the new SMBS year August 16- Promotion Sunday. Pick up a free “FBC” t-shirt to wear on T-shirt Tuesdays […]

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Strategic Plan

For 166 years, our church has been a lighthouse on the hill for our community and the world. This Sunday, I want to share a vision to reach people for Jesus over the next 5 years. Our Strategic Planning Committee has been working hard to compile the suggestions from our church, assess our current opportunities, […]

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Mental Models of Church

Everyone has a model of the way a church should work. As Peter Senge writes, mental models are deeply held images of life that shape the way we think, believe, and behave. Often we are not even aware of the effects they have on our behavior, but these models are expressed in our language, actions, […]

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2nd Quarter Giving

Thank you for faithfully giving in 2015 to the budgeted ministries of First Baptist. We have so much to be grateful for, and we have work to do to meet our budget goal. Before I share the need, I want you to know how your giving has already impacted the lives of our students this […]

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